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Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
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Enjoy an in-depth exploration of some of Greenland’s most remote regions on this 15-day cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer. As you cruise around this enchanting island, sailing from the icy waters of the little-visited east coast, down to the lush southern tip and up to the charming communities and glaciers of the west coast, spectacular, unspoiled wonders await wherever you go. Each visit to the picturesque villages and Norse ruins that dot the shoreline will immerse you in Greenland’s distinct culture and history, while the rugged landscape—dominated by dramatic fjords, imposing glaciers, towering mountains and verdant valleys—will leave you breathless.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Reykjavik | Embark
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-5 : Exploring East Greenland
Days 6-7 : Exploring South Greenland
Days 8-13 : Exploring West Greenland
Day 14 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Fly to Reykjavik
Day 15 : Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

Highlights

  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife, such as whales, seals and seabirds
  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord and Kujataa farming communities
  • Meet locals and experience traditional Inuit settlements
  • Visit Norse historical sites and learn about this fascinating culture

Ship

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Disko Bay
  • Hvalsey
  • Ilulissat
  • Itilleq
  • Jakobshavn Glacier
  • Kangerlussuaq
  • Nuuk
  • Prince Christian Sound
  • Reykjavik
  • Sisimiut
  • Skjoldungen

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in Reykjavik and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own

Day 2 Reykjavik | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This afternoon, board the Ocean Adventurer and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise across the Denmark Strait while the Expedition team teaches you about the wildlife and storied history of Greenland and its fascinating geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights to explore. Watch out for the seabirds soaring above the ship as well as the whales that can be encountered here. 

Day 4-5 Exploring East Greenland

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
This exploration of Greenland begins with East Greenland, one of the least visited and most remote parts of the island. Your days sailing along the coast is guided by weather and ice conditions, with each day and each excursion presenting new adventures. The region is a sight to behold, boasting a mesmerizing maze of vast glaciers, steep mountains and breathtaking fjords.

One location to visit if conditions allow is Skjoldungen. Cruise between the mountains to view glaciers deep within the fjords surrounding this island. The narrow part of the fjord provides an ideal place to put our Zodiacs in the water for a more in-depth exploration.

If conditions allow, you can visit the site of an abandoned Inuit settlement, whose inhabitants were relocated to larger, more accessible towns around 1961. Exploring ashore, experience a true arctic ghost town, complete with abandoned buildings, furniture and even shoes! Hiking the rugged terrain rewards with impressive views of snow-capped mountains, deep green waters and the surprisingly colorful arctic tundra. This site is prone to insects, however, so have your spray or netting at the ready

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, perhaps try the optional paddling excursion (extra cost), an unforgettable opportunity to glide past icebergs and glaciers and capture some photographs from a unique perspective.

Another possible destination is Lindenow Fjord, a great spot for Zodiac cruising if conditions are favorable. This rarely visited deep fjord is fed by a number of glaciers and offers ample opportunities for your camera to get a workout. Watch out for bearded seals, as they’re known to haul out on the ice floes.

Day 6-7 Exploring South Greenland

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing on, explore Greenland’s fertile southern coast. Nicknamed Arctic Patagonia, this region is as rich in spectacular scenery as it is in history and culture. Here, it’s easy to see why Erik the Red gave Greenland its name: everywhere you look rewards with vistas of icy waters set against a backdrop of soaring mountains, crystal-clear waterfalls and unbelievably lush, green valleys. Scattered around the shores of the fjord systems that dominate the area are several small settlements, both ancient and present day, making South Greenland an ideal place to explore.

The magical Prins Christian Sund, a complex maze of narrow fjords and channels, is a great place for cruising. Explore this stunning sound, home to calving glaciers, jagged mountains and sheer cliffs that plunge dramatically into the water. Sailing this coastline from the vantage point of your ship or a Zodiac is an exhilarating experience. If conditions allow, venturing ashore provides opportunities for all levels of hiking.

Steeped in Norse history, the southern coast of Greenland provides plenty of places to learn about this ancient culture. One such landing to make is at Hvalsey, the site of Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Norse ruins. Exploring the remains of the circa 14th century church could feel like stepping back in time, as the building appears much as it did when it was abandoned in the 15th century and the surrounding fells and fjord remain similarly untouched.

The little village of Igaliku, home to about 30 inhabitants, is Greenland’s oldest sheep-farming settlement. It’s a charming place to go ashore, as sheep peacefully graze on the grass, surrounded by bloom-covered rolling valleys and snow-capped mountains. The area is also known for its storied past, as evidenced by the remarkable red sandstone ruins of the Gardar cathedral (the largest church in Greenland in the Middle Ages) and bishop’s residence, which date back to the early 12th century, when Greenland’s first bishop was appointed. Wandering the foundations, excavated in 1926, get to see a bit of history firsthand as you learn about this interesting relic of the Viking period. Together with four other historic farming communities, Igaliku is part of a newly established UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8-13 Exploring West Greenland

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Boasting spectacular glaciers, mountainous landscapes, and vibrant communities, the west coast of Greenland surely leaves you in awe. Heading north, take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore the local bays, channels and landing sites discovering some of the quaint villages dotting the islands and fjords in the region and cruising in some of Greenland’s most picturesque places.

The west coast is home to Nuuk, the charming Greenlandic capital. Wander around the streets of the historic Old Nuuk neighborhood and see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue near the waterfront, both named after the missionary who founded the settlement. Visit the national museum to view the famous Greenlandic mummies, found under a rock outcrop in 1972 by two brothers who were grouse hunting.

Sisimiut is another interesting place to go ashore, as there are more dogsleds here than humans. Wander around the town’s historic area, where several 18th-century colonial buildings still stand, including Greenland’s oldest surviving church. Be treated to a traditional kayaking demonstration. The kayak is Greenland’s national symbol and can be traced back over 4,000 years to the Inuit, who used the vessels for hunting and transportation.

Another beautiful locale, and one of west Greenland’s highlights is the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to one of the world’s most active glaciers, Jakobshavn Glacier or Sermeq Kujalleq in Greenlandic, this is a great place to enjoy a Zodiac excursion to experience icebergs from a unique perspective not afforded by land. Venturing ashore at the nearby town, Ilulissat (which means “iceberg”), rewards with its own spectacle: young bergs floating out to Disko Bay. A hike from the town to the icefjord allows you to view this unforgettable river of ice from the rocky shore. Given that it’s known for having more sled dogs than people, it’s not surprising that Ilulissat is the birthplace of the first European to traverse the Northwest Passage by dogsled, explorer Knud Rasmussen.

Surrounded by sea and mountains, the fishing community of Itilleq (meaning “crossing place”) is situated in a scenic hollow on a small island. Explore traditional wooden houses painted in a rainbow of colors, chat with the locals and join a customary football match between visitors and residents, and experience Itilleq’s famous friendly vibe in no time.

Day 14 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Fly to Reykjavik

Enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore and board your charter flight back to Reykjavik, Iceland. Upon arrival in Reykjavik, be transferred to your included hotel. 

Day 15 Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

  • 1 Breakfast
Today, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some time exploring this artistic city

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Per person starting at
$8,495
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Triple
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths and one upper berth. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Lower Deck Twin
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Lower Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
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Superior
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Deluxe
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Suite
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Captain’s Deck, it has windows with exterior views and private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have shower stalls.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Standard Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a Premium Cabin is 2 times the shared rate.

Insurance: Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person is included. Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation. Contact us for details.

*MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:
• One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
• Group transfer from the Reykjavik hotel to the ship on Day 2
• Group transfer from the ship to the Kangerlussuaq airport on disembarkation day
• Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
• Group transfer from Reykjavik airport to airport hotel
• One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
• Shuttle transfer to Keflavik airport on last day of itinerary

This fare includes:

• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
• Beer and house wine during dinner
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
• Photographic journal documenting the expedition
• Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Complimentary reusable water bottle
• Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
• Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard the ship
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
• Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax

This fare does not include:

• Mandatory Transfer Package*
• International airfare
• Arrival and departure transfers, except where listed in the Mandatory Transfer Package
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Any Adventure Options
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